Groups Win Appeal Over Drilling

Sheridan, Wy – Three conservation groups have won an appeal concerning a number of oil and gas leases proposed for critical winter ranges. The Interior board of land appeals threw out eleven of 12 leases approved by the Bureau of Land management mainly because the agency did not consult with Wyoming game and fish biologists about possible wildlife impacts as is required. Wyoming Wilderness Association Director Liz Howell says the drilling in crucial winter ranges will likely have an impact. Howell says in bypassing the Game and Fish, the B-L-M is showing that it is moving too quickly to approve as many leases as possible.